Biodegradable Plastic

Colourmaster NIP has teamed up with US based BioSphere Plastic, to distribute their biodegradable additive in the UK and Ireland. Read more

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ALPLA: biodegradable coffee cap


ALPLA and Golden Compound have created a biodegradable coffee capsule that consumers can dispose of in their home compost Read more


London packaging machinery supplier Ilapak UK has used its Vegatronic to run a compostable food wrap film. Read more


Following recent pledges by the UK Government to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, a report from NNFCC argues that bioplastics will be a strength for the British circular economy. Read more


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British scientists have isolated an enzyme from a bacteria only recently evolved to digest PET. Read more

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PG tips tea bags produced with a fully biodegradable corn starch seal will replace polypropylene equivalents in the UK. Read more


Heart attacks caused by minuscule flaws in polymer artery stents will be reduced after a materials advance from scientists in the US. Read more


Shoppers can pick up wine, nuts, bread or veg at Ekoplaza in Amsterdam - but no plastic packaging. Read more

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Axion: Are biodegradable plastics better for the environment?

Richard McKinlay of Axion Consulting sheds light on the use of biodegradable alternatives plastics. Read more

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and its partners have been conducting a research project in a bid to replace microplastics found in cosmetic products Read more


Proposals from the EU to improve degradability of agricultural films have met a sharp riposte from Plastic Recyclers Europe. Read more

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University of Wolverhampton

Materials researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have published results from a project with partners in Poland and Italy to turn PET into bioplastics. Read more




A new material for coffee capsules has been made by RPC to provide a robust compostable container. Read more


An Israeli start-up company that develops biodegradable films is set to launch a new range of sustainable packaging to the UK market. Read more

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Following the recent announcement that a 5p bag tax will be introduced in England from 2015, a UK-based company claims to have developed a biodegradable AND recyclable solution. Read more

Speaking at the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) 8th January, UK recyclers told MPs that an exemption to the proposed carrier bag charge for biodegradable plastics bags would "severely damage" the UK plastics recycling industry. Read more

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Biome Bioplastics, a UK-based developer of natural plastics, has helped to develop a biodegradable coffee pod that it says offers one of the first sustainable packaging alternatives in the single-serve market. Read more


Gordon Thompson, Technical Manager at the Renewable Energy Association, writes for BP&R on the definitions, differences and distinguishing factors in order to clarify an often-misunderstood area. Read more


The Technological Institute of Plastics in Spain (Aimplas), claims it is developing a fully biodegradable plastic produced entirely from wheat straw, which has the properties required to be used in the manufacture of white goods. Read more